How I Did on My 2018 Reading Goals & The Year’s Cover Trends

The year-end coverage continues!

So, how did I do with the 2018 reading goals I set for myself about this time last year? Rather poorly! is the short answer.

  • I only read one book that might be considered a travel classic (by Patrick Leigh Fermor), though I did read some modern travel books.
  • I only read Ali and the first half of a biography of May Sarton. What I’d envisioned being a monthly biography feature on the blog turned into a one-off.
  • I need to work out my literature in translation percentage and compare it to last year’s to see if I’ve improved at all.

However, I do feel that I did well at reading my own books, as boosted by my 20 Books of Summer being chosen exclusively from my own shelves. Once I’m back from America I’ll have to do another full inventory and see how many unread books are still in the house, as compared to the 327 at this time last year.

Out of my 31 most anticipated reads of the second half of the year, I read 20 (of which 5 were at least somewhat disappointing), abandoned 2, still have 2 to read, lost interest in 1, have 1 in progress, and can’t find 5. For the whole year, the statistics are at 38/61 read (13 disappointments = more than 1/3 – that’s really bad and needs to be fixed!), 7 DNF, 4 still to read, 9 not found, 2 lost interest, and 1 in progress.

As for my non-reading-related goal … my accordion-playing fell by the wayside in July because I went away to America for three weeks unexpectedly, and after that never got back into the habit of daily practice and biweekly lessons the other side of Reading. I’d still like to pick it back up in the near future. I was at a point where I knew five notes and a few bass chords and could play both hands on a number of very simple tunes.

The poor cat was alarmed at yet another folk instrument entering his abode.


This Year’s Cover Trends

Mostly flora, which I noticed before 2018 had even begun.

The other one that kept jumping out at me was rubber gloves. Weird!



I’ll be back on the 26th to begin the countdown of my favorite books of the year, starting with nonfiction.


Merry Christmas!

16 responses

  1. That’s one gorgeous cat! A very happy Christmas to you, too, Rebecca.

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    1. Why thank you! I will pass your compliments to Alfie when I see him again in early January.

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  2. Gosh, you seem very hard on yourself. You seem to me to have read and enjoyed plenty. Enjoy Christmas anyway!

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    1. I certainly did read a ton, some of it wonderful. It’s just that I barely read any travel classics or biographies, even though I floated the idea of featuring one per month. Maybe I’ll set a more modest goal for them next year.


  3. Love the pic of your cat perched on the accordion – I’ve always thought it very jolly music. Am impressed that you even considered learning to play.
    I am bowled over by your 2018 reading – I sho9uld be so lucky to have anything like those; stop beating yourself up!
    Have a lovely Christmas and I look forward to your continued blogs in January.

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    1. Thank you! The accordion is good fun. I’d like to get to a point where I could accompany my husband and his band on their more folky songs.

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  4. Small Fry is on my list for long long time . Have a great reading holidays 😊

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    1. I’m just over halfway through Small Fry now and enjoying it. Happy holidays!

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  5. What a pretty cat! I love the rubber gloves, too. Always finding those connections! Happy holidays!

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    1. He’s definitely overweight, but we agree he’s quite a handsome beast 🙂 Happy Christmas!

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  6. MERRY CHRISTMAS! Love those cover trends, esp the rubber gloves – who’d have thought it. xx

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  7. Diana @ Thoughts on Papyrus | Reply

    I wonder about the deeper meaning of it all – rubber gloves and flora. Well, perhaps on some subconscious collective level it is all about climate change and environmental worries and paying attention now to the beauty of nature, respecting it.


  8. Wow, that compilation of flora covers was pretty but almost overwhelming to the eye!

    You certainly read a ton so don’t beat yourself up about the particulars, although easier said than done. Sometimes our reading moods just take us into different directions than we anticipate!

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  9. I’d noticed the first three of your rubber glove ones too! And I love your compilation of floral covers.It sounds like you got a lot done this year, even if it wasn’t all what you planned 🙂

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